League of Legends Brazil opening event and $80.000 tournamentThu 16th Aug 2012 - 4:54pm Category: League of Legends
With the Brazilian League of Legends server fully functional and the national competitive scenario starting to name the biggest teams, a welcome event was held by Riot Brazil, not only to comemorate the new server, but also to officially introduce the game.
It was a closed event held on August 9th, in São Paulo, and totalized over 1200 guests. Only people of age and invited were allowed. Cocktails, cosplayers, presentations, an electronic party, the illustrious presence of the famous rioter Nikasaur and the Online Qualifiers final were part of the big night.
Nikasaur, rioters and cosplayers
After speaking about Riot Brazil and League of Legends, the Rioter and Executive Director Paulo Fernandes presented an image on the screen, containing possible new skins. The image had shadows of champions with the symbol of the Brazilian Police Special Ops Battalion, worldwide known as B.O.P.E., in the background. Rumors says the shadows belong to Gangplank, Graves, Miss Fortune and Caitlyn.
Mistery about the new skins
Team CNB e-Sports Club and vTi Corsair put on a show to the public on the qualifiers finals. The game was decided in a BO1. vTi’s Jungler couldn’t attend the event and was replaced by a completer. With a score of 15 to 0, CNB was the big champion! Highlights to Jonathan “Jow” Nascimento and his 6-0 Ezreal and, once again, to Gabriel “prZo” Kenji with an astonishing 7-0 Gragas.
CNB e-Sports Club - winner of Brazilian opening event
Riot Games Brazilian Championship
In the day after the event, an announcement on the League of Legends Brazil forums was made about the first official tournament. According to Bruno “Esbagaçador” Vasone, Riot Senior Community Manager, the tournament will happen between October 11th and 14th, at the biggest games fair of Latin America, Brasil Game Show, and will have an impressive prize pool of US$80.000.
Four online qualifiers should happen during September, where hundreds of teams will fight for eight places at the main event at BGS. According to Bruno, rules about foreign countries joining the tournament are being discussed, but the focus should be on national teams. “…one of the most common rules in international tournaments says at least 3 of 5 players should be of the country’s nationality.” – explains the Rioter and concludes – “Riot Games is compromised on providing a solid base to the best national players so they can dedicate themselves more seriously and professionally and be able to compete more equally in the international scenario”.
More pictures of the event on LoL Brasil facebook.